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     Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad 

The Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad, also known as the Kiyo Cross Squad, is a group of students from Ukiyoe Middle School formed by Kiyotsugu to investigate youkai. Most of Rikuo's human friends are members of the squad, as well as the disguised Tsurara and the onmyouji Yura.

Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)

Founder and president of the Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad. When he was younger he used to discredit the existence of youkai, but after being rescued by Rikuo's night form, his goal is now the opposite.

Kana Ienaga
Voiced by: Aya Hirano (JP), Mela Lee (credited as Kayla Yesratsian) (EN)

Rikuo's neighbor and childhood friend. She doesn't know that Rikuo is indeed the grandson of Nurarihyon. She doesn't like youkai because she finds them scary. Ironically, she often finds herself involved in supernatural incidents.

  • Ascended Extra: In the manga after the arc about her birthday her relevance to the main story fades, while in the first anime season the director changed several things to make her more important to the plot.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Kana has pink bunny decorations on her bag.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rikuo.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She is really possessive of Rikuo, though the anime downplayed that trait of hers.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: When she was a kid, she looked at a cursed mirror. The Purple Mirror youkai came after her, but she was saved by Night-Rikuo.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: While she is in love with Night-Rikuo, she also harbours a small crush towards his human self.
  • Muggle: She is one of the handful of a muggles in a story full of supernatural creatures and those that fight them.
  • Muggle Best Friend: She accepts Rikuo's double nature as she watches him defending humans from harm.
  • Romantic False Lead
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Girly Girl to Yura's Tomboy.

Natsumi Torii
Voiced by: Mana Hirata (JP), Erika Harlacher (EN)

One of Rikuo's classmembers and Saori's best friend. When her grandmother got sick she prayed for her health to Senba (the deity whom her grandmother has prayed to since childhood) and unluckily got cursed by Sodemogi... But she was rescued by Kurotabo and Senba.

  • Action Survivor: Not particularly strong or skilful yet she manages to survive lots of horrible encounters with youkai.
  • Animal Eyes: She is noted by several characters to have cat-like eyes.
  • Cat Smile
  • Designated Victim: Dramatic variant. She gets attacked by youkai more often than any other member of the Kiyo Cross Squad.
  • Genre Savvy: All that time with Yura made her capable of surviving during the Hundred Tales least before she got caught again.
  • Nice Girl: She is a kind and nice girl. When she was accidentally gropped by Kuro, she understood it was an accident and defended him.
  • Rescue Romance: She has been rescued by Kurotabou two times, and she certainly has a little crush towards him.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She can't even pray for her sick grandmother without some weird youkai attacking her!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green, which is weird since she is a human.

Saori Maki
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

One of Rikuo's classmates and Natsumi's closest friend.

  • Action Survivor: Thanks to the tropes below, she manages to survive a dangerous encounter with youkai.
  • Big Breast Pride: In an extra chapter where all the girls had sumo matches against each other, after she won she said that she was glad that she had big breasts.
  • Genre Savvy: All that time with Yura made her capable of surviving and even taking out a few yōkai during the Hundred Tales Arc.
  • Knife Nut: Her first reaction to a yōkai attack? Pull out a knife.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Although not as often as Natsumi, she has her share of youkai encounters.

Jirou Shima
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Brian Beacock (credited as Donn A. Nordean) (EN)

One of Rikuo's classmates. A talented soccer player with a huge crush on Tsurara.


     Keikain House 
The premiere onmyouji house that protects the seal on Kyoto, they exorcise yōkai for a living. Their bloodline was cursed by Hagoromo Gitsune so that most of the males die an early death. For that reason, members from the branch families are frequently adopted into the main house.

Yura Keikain
Voiced by: Ai Maeda (JP), Michelle Ruff (credited as Sophie Roberts) (EN)

A young but very talented onmyōji. She is sent by her family to Ukiyoe Town as part of her training to inherit the headship of the Keikain House. She attends school with Rikuo and the other members of the Kiyojūji Paranormal Investigation Squad.

Ryūji Keikain
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Kevin Delaney (EN)

Yura's older brother. He was once a potential candidate for the leadership of the Keikain household.

Mamiru Keikain
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Steve Staley (credited as Steve Cannon) (English)

He acts and travels with Ryūji, and they are able to attack in tandem. He was Yura's childhood friend, but now he seems like a completely different person. He sees yōkai as a force of evil, has even greater talent than Yura, and is like a robot in that he doesn't show emotion.

Akifusa Keikain
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Kaiji Tang (EN)

He's a member of the Yaso branch of the Keikain House and the guardian of the first Kyoto seal at Nijō Castle. He's one of the most talented onmyōji and his a master craftsman of spirit blades. He was once a potential candidate for the leadership of the Keikain household, but Yura was designated in his place.

Hidemoto Keikain
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)

13th Head of the Keikain family and Yura's ancestor. He fought alongside Nurarihyon against Hagoromo Gitsune 400 years ago.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Nurarihyon Nura-chan.
  • Back from the Dead: Unlike the other ancestors he retains a human form and can't act without being ordered by Yura. Though he does disappear if Yura should become tired.
  • The Gadfly: Doesn't have any problems teasing Yura.
  • The Gift
  • Humble Hero
  • It Was a Gift: Allows Nurarihyon to keep the Nenekirimaru. Though he does expect him to return it in the future since it is a onmyōji weapon.
  • Necromancer: Like Yura he can use Hagun. Him learning it is what allowed him to become the Head and set the rule in place that the Heads can only be those who can use Hagun.
  • Nice Guy
  • Odd Friendship: An onmyouji befriended a youkai.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He has sealed away several powerful youkai to create a powerful barrier that prevented youkai from invading Kyoto. Two of which are Tsuchigumo and Gashadokuro.
  • Spirit Advisor: He's returned thanks to the power of the Hagun as a spirit and is helping Keikain and the Nura clan against Hagoromo Gitsune once again.

     Gokadoin House 
Onmyouji that are descended from Abe No Seimei. They loyally follow their ancestor's will and continue his work on earth. They're also immortal and have worked from the shadows to keep the country safe for Seimei's eventual return.

Encho allied with them before betraying the Hyaku Monogatari clan.

Tropes Associated with Gokadoin House

The Nue/ Abe no Seimei
Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (Nue fetus), Rikiya Koyama (JP) Kevin M. Connolly (EN)

A very powerful ayakashi, he was the past leader of the Kyoto youkai. Now Hagoromo Gitsune is trying to resurrect him.

Abe no Yoshihira

"Father, I will fulfill my role. Show me the magnificent world you wish to create!"

Seimei's son and second Gokadoin head (they count Seimei as the first head). Calm and collected, he cares about his fellow Gokadoin, although he will do whatever sacrifices are needed to fulfill his father's goal.

Abe no Orochi
The third Gokadoin head. A woman with the power to summon giant snakes from the sky.

Abe no Ariyuki
The fourth leader of the Gokadoin. He has the appearance of a kid, but he's very powerful.

The sixth leader of the Gokadoin House. She ruled the family during the Sengoku period. She can control other people thanks to her powers.

The seventh leader of the Gokadoin House. A master of barriers that always wears a mask.

The ninth leader of the Gokadoin House. He served during the troubled times of the Bakumatsu. Considers himself the most powerful Gokadoin.


The eleventh leader of the Gokadoin House. He ends fighting Tamazuki.

A member of the Gokadoin House living in Mount Osore.

Unaffiliated Humans and Youkai

    Fuguruma Yōbi

The Youkai World's Official Secretary. She roams the countryside, collecting whatever bit of youkai history she can.

  • The Storyteller: She is the number one authority when it comes to youkai history. Even with a small amount of information, she is able to create books filled with words and pictures.


A young woman who resides on Mount Osore. She is an itako, mediums with the ability to commune with dead spirits.

  • The Empath: She tells Akifusa to take a break from forging the Nenekirimaru, as the area they are in has the highest concentration of Fear on Mount Osore and she's worried that he'll suffer like the blacksmiths before him if he doesn't. Also, during Rikuo's battle with Taisei, she heard the voices emanating from the Nenekirimaru.
  • Multicolored Hair: Dark pink and black.
  • Willing Channeler: She can allow a departed spirit to inhabit her body for a while. Hidemoto Keikain is summoned this way, when Ryuuji wanted to urgently speak with him concerning Seimei's "purification ritual".

Alternative Title(s): Nurarihyon No Mago


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